Can Dogs Eat Mint for Bad Breath?

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No, you shouldn’t give your dog mints, especially artificial ones like mint candies, to get rid of their bad breath. Most natural mint leaves are non-toxic for pets with a few exceptions such as the English pennyroyal. What you are referring to as mint, however, is likely to be the candies or breath mints used to tackle halitosis.

Breath mint can be toxic to dogs. A lot of breath mint products contain artificial sweeteners like xylitol which are toxic for dogs. Xylitol poisoning can lead to symptoms like vomiting and lethargy. In worst case scenarios, it may lead to seizures and collapses. Mint isn’t the solution for dogs with bad breath. There is likely to be an underlying health problem, such as dental disease, that is contributing to the bad smell. No amount of mint is going to take your dog’s bad breath away until the health issues are resolved.


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